L is for Listen and laughter, but first things first. My guide word, “listen” reminds me to pay attention to what others are saying. I especially try to practice this when my husband, Larry and my youngest son, Jay are telling me things. Learning to listen is going to lead to greater happiness for me and for those I love. It will also have a positive effect on everyone I am listening to because it shows respect and gives value to people. Talking comes so naturally to us because there is a running conversation going on in our head all of the time. All we have to do is open our mouth and our thoughts are sure to come out. This is sometimes how we end up with our “foot in our mouth.” Learning to listen can be extremely beneficial as it requires our mouth to be closed and our ears to be open thereby minimizing the possibility of saying something we would regret.
Listening is not only a skill we can learn, it is a gift we can give. Instead of thinking about what we want to say, we need to hear what others are saying, remember it, and ask them questions to gain further insight. It takes a conscious effort to hear and remember what people say. It shows true caring when we ask more about it or make a reference to it later. What better way to show that we care and to bring happiness to others than to really listen?
My 8 Quotes
- “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.”― Ed Cunningham
- “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”― David Augsburger
- “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway
- “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” —Stephen R. Covey
- “The art of conversation lies in listening.” –Malcom Forbes
- “You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” -M. Scott Peck
- “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.” –Diogenes
- “The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.”― Alfred Brendel